Summer’s End

I figure since I’m kind of getting a fresh start, I might as well do a little catch-up before I head back to school Friday.  Yes, Friday.  I will have a student teacher for two classes, and we’ve exchanged several emails.  She seems conscientious and enthusiastic, and I’m looking forward to working with her.  She’s teaching two classes for a good friend of mine, and I’ll be arrogant enough to say I think she’ll have a good experience.  My friend and I are both good teachers, but we have some pretty different approaches, and I think it’s good for a new teacher to get more than one point of view.

The last two weeks at home have been spent nursing my daughter through an incredibly wicked bout of mono.  Every weird, rare symptom of mono out there, she had—vomiting, nosebleeds, hives—in addition to the garden-variety fever, sore throat, headache, and constant exhaustion.  If you count the beginning, when we just thought it was a cold, she’s been sick three weeks.  I think she’s a little tired of people telling her it’s a good thing she got it in the summer so she didn’t miss school.  She is glad that she doesn’t have to play catch-up, but this has shot the end of her summer.  She goes back August 23, and I suspect she’ll be convalescing until then.

In theory, our son has been home from college all summer; in practice, we’ve been home base for his work, travels, and social life, which is exactly how it’s supposed to be.  He broke up with his two-year girlfriend, which was rough, but he’s handled it like a true grownup (more maturely than many grownups, actually), and today he goes back up to Boulder.  It’s early, but he’s an RA for his dorm, and there’s still training to go through, plus he has to be settled in himself because he has to oversee the mass move-in on his floor when everyone else returns.

The puppies are coming along.  My only complaint is that they are both wide-awake and dying to play at 5:30 every stinkin’ morning.  I was hoping to sleep in at least once this summer, but no dice.

My agent has yes to the book concept I sent her and no to the sample chapters.  She said the writing’s “adequate” but not where it needs to be and has suggested I start in a different place and rewrite in first person.  I’m playing.  I like the shift to first person, and using suggestions from my critique group, I am writing several starts from different places.  I still like where I started before, and I think my agent may, too, since the first person perspective makes the conflict clearer.  I’ll probably send her a few choices unless I end up really feeling married to one.

Hope everyone else has enjoyed the summer.  It’s been a hot one!  We’ll see what this coming winter brings…

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2 Responses to Summer’s End

  1. JohnSherck says:

    Right there with you in many ways: school’s starting up soon–I have orientation stuff starting Thursday, but I’m already up to my eyeballs in e-mails and face-to-face meetings for the school year, and student will start arriving this weekend. And I’m also in total agreement about the value for young teachers of seeing different approaches. The best thing that ever happened to me as a teacher was going to a different school where my colleagues were doing things in very different way from my old colleagues–I wish I’d been able to see more diversity of approaches in the first place!

    I’d already heard about some of your daugher’s struggles with weird mono symptoms, but that’s still pretty rough. Here’s hoping she makes a full recovery soon, though it seems like mono’s often a pretty long haul before one is back at full strength.

    Glad to hear you’ve got a book moving forward–congrats! I seem to remember that you’ve mentioned a few different ideas: which one is this? Or don’t you want to talk about it yet?

    Best to you and yours as the summer quickly burns out (“winds down” is surely not the right word choice!).

  2. admin says:

    The book that will be in the hopper as soon as I find time is another literature-inspired historical, Hardy’s “Ruined Maid” being the jumping off point.

    No more house-husband full time dad. Sigh. I hope the school year treats you well!

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